Dec 7, 2014

The Whisper and Alzheimer's Moment in Time

As she walked up to me she was smiling. I put out my hand and she took it. I then whispered in her ear - I see you.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

The Whisper
I see you
I know you're in there
I'm here with you

Dotty 2005, 89 years old

I took the picture above of my mother in early 2005. This was just a few months before May 7, 2005 when I had my great Alzheimer's caregiver epiphany.

Something had to change and that something was me.

I did.

Here is a picture of my mother on June 29, 2011 on her 95th birthday.

Dotty DeMarco  - Alzheimer's Reading Room
Dotty 2011,  95 years old

Interesting, wouldn't you say?

In 2010, I was in the neurologists office and a woman I had never seen before walked up to me. It was clear that she was a dementia patient.

As she neared me she smiled. I put my hand out and she took it. I then whispered in her ear

I See You.

Her husband came into the room and he was clearly freaked out. I suppose he thought she was doing something wrong, or maybe he thought I was doing something wrong.

He was wrong on both counts.

I looked at him and said, it is all good. He looked confused.

At that point I collected up my mother and we left.

That episode was the catalyst for the poem - the Whisper.

Think about it.

And Change It Did ...

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Bob DeMarco  is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR). Bob is a recognized expert, writer, speaker, and influencer in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community worldwide.

Publisher Alzheimer's Reading Room
Author Bob DeMarco
December 7, 2014
Title: The Whisper and Alzheimer's Moment in Time

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